The Place du Vieux Marché is a great place to stop for lunch and people watching in the heart of Rouen, but many of the eateries are overpriced and not always of the quality you would hope for. One place which is a good bet is JM's café on the Eastern side of the square which has some good value lunchtime deals and serves some good quality fresh food. It's not in any way a flash place, but the French take food seriously and here is no exception so the fairly standard fayre is well prepared and satisfying. The pizzas are particularly good and the house red wine (in carafés) is very drinkable. All this and the price is also most reasonable in comparison to some of the competitors nearby. It does get busy however at the peak of lunchtime.
This superb little restaurant serves some real little gems and I'd love to have the chance to work my way through their menu. They seem to specialise in lamb, but have lots of other masterpieces if that's not what you fancy. The duck was especially delicious and the service was great from beginning to end. They also have a good wine list, as does every great French restaurant! Highly recommended.
An inescapable address and simpathyque. Accurate and fast service. Well presented and hearty dishes. Undeniable flavour and freshness
Une adresse incontournable et simpathyque. Service soigné et rapide. Plats bien présentés et copieux. Saveur et fraicheur indéniable
Favorite Dish: We appreciate by twice for delicious salads
nous avons apprécier par deux fois de délicieuses salades.
Rouen’s premier restaurant offers the fine cooking of chef and owner Gilles Tournadre. Exemplary ingredients and innovation, within a classic context are the keywords here as the chef remains faithful to local Norman products.
I will never forget my first experience in the town centre of Rouen - a French woman's daughter took me straight to 'Au Croissant Chaud' and said it was the best and most popular bakery in Rouen. She then proceeded to buy me a 'Pépite de chocolat' for 1 euro, and it was the best French pastry I'd ever tasted.
If you're going to Rouen you MUST try one, or atleast buy one for the kids!
Favorite Dish: Pépite de chocolat!
Situated to the left of the cathedral ("Place de la Cathedrale").
Very charming "poule"-themed café, with "poule" French phrases on the menu!
Great place to go for lunch - you have to splash out a little but it's very good quality and the dishes are very well presented.
In the late afternoon you can ask for the hot chocolate menu - these are to die for!
If you want to go to good restaurants in Rouen, frequented by french people, here is two good "popular restaurant"
- Au temps des cerises, 4 rue basnage 76000 ROUEN (beetween "palais de justice" and "museum des beaux arts"). The speciallity of the restaurant is cheese, only cheese and is very famous in ROUEN, and it is lovely decorated with all sort of things about cow. price : 20 euros with staters and desert.
- "chez pepe" the best and oldest pizzeria in ROUEN, rue du vieux palais (near the place of old market"). The pizza are enormous (bigger than the plate!) and very good.
Favorite Dish: "au temps des cerises"
mini-fondue (nearly 14 euros)
fondue au chocolat for the desert
This tiny restaurant was steps away from the old clock in Rouen. After a delicious light lunch of soup and sandwiches we were invited to see this ancient oven in the basement, where bread was still being baked daily.
Sadly years later when we tried to find this same restaurant, we were not successful.
If you come here and expect something other than a crepe, you will be disappointed, as that is all that is served! But the variety is huge, so I am sure you will not be disappointed, as they have both sweet and savoury crepes. So thats dessert and the main course sorted!!
There is a very cosy atmosphere in this place, with the cushy seating areas and the lovely manager! This is slightly hidden away from the main town centre, but it is a great place.
Favorite Dish: I ordered a spinach and egg crepe, which was nice, but not great. My friends ordered other crepes, which looked much nicer, so I wouldn't recommend it.
For dessert though, i ordered a crepe that came with the works!! SO thats icecream, cream, a banana, nuts and some sauce too!! It was lovely!!
The food in this restaurant was really, really nice. Though there was limited choice for vegetarians, I was not too bothered because the dish I had was great!! The service was a bit slow, but that just means that the chef was making the food fresh!!
The ambience was great!! It was like a small house with an extremely cosy feel!! I think it only seated 40 people, which in perspective, is absolutely nothing!!
It was located in a hidden street, which is quite sad as it is a great restaurant, had it not been recommended to us, we never would have ended up there!
Favorite Dish: I, along with my friends, all had a three course meal.
The starter was a salad, the main dish ranged from a cheese and wild mushroom omelette (which is what i had) to duck, and for dessert there was chocolate mousse!!
I didn't really like the food, as there was a poor vegetarian selection. Whenever I ate here, I had bread, cheese and chips, which does not make a great meal. Why did I have this? It was all they offered for vegetarians.
The ambience of the restaurant was ok, very chilled out, I didn't like the idea of having TV screens everywhere, it forced people to look at those instead of conversing!
The location was great though, it was in the city centre, near the Cathedrale de Notredame. I guess thats why we ate there more than once, it was convenient!
Favorite Dish: All I ate was bread, cheese and chips...thats all they had. But i was told that the type of food changes everyday, maybe I had two bad luck days!
The food here was fantastic. And the service was wonderful as well. I nearly ordered beef kidneys (uck) and the waiter kindly steered me towards a steak. My french language skills are extremely limited and all I recognized were one or two words here and there. Poisson (thank you Disney's "The Little Mermaid") and the word for beef.
Favorite Dish: We ended up having the escargot (fantastic) and a small casserole of sausage, apples and calvados to start. Followed by the duck and beef. And finished with some sort of apple dessert wrapped in pastry. Yummy deliciousness!!
Restaurant "les Maraîchers", also named "le bistrot de la Couronne" is among the oldest on the Place du Vieux Marché. As its name says, it was where the market gardeners (maraîchers) that sold their vegetables on the market, met and had dinner. I highly recommend.
Favorite Dish: The "menu bistrot", for 18€ allows a great choice among the local specialties.
As an aperitif, try the "Kir Normand", it is great !
We had only time for 2 dinners in Rouen, so we could not check every restaurant. La Petite Auberge has a very good reputation. We met with several friends who were very happy with their food. It is not very different from "Auberge Saint Maclou", which is 50 m further.
Restaurant "la Couronne" claims to be the oldest restaurant in France, beginning in 1345 and still open ! Though the entrance is inviting, we did not went there as, when we were in Rouen, it had too little customers.